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The CESD, in conjunction with two Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Irrigation (MOALI) representatives, participated in workshops conducted over the span of five days at The Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), in Laguna, Republic of The Philippines.
As Myanmar begins to integrate itself into the global economy, CESD has sought to connect global best practices in value chain development to Myanmar’s ongoing modernization. Between December 20-22nd, the Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD) presented its findings at the International Chamber of Commerce and Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific’s (ICC-ESCAP) Workshop in Bangkok, Thailand. CESD’s Senior Program Coordinator, Ms. Nang Seng Pen, attended the workshop and presented CESD’s findings on how to upgrade Myanmar’s Agroforestry Value Chain. The value chain analysis specifically focused on rubber farmer development in Mon State, Myanmar.
CESD has organized four workshops across Myanmar to solicit discussion and debate between stakeholders on the status of food and agriculture in Myanmar, especially food security, nutrition, land, and livelihoods. The workshops are part of an ongoing nation-wide dialogue on inadequacies and opportunities in Myanmar’s food and agriculture industry. The four workshops have served a multi-tiered role addressing policy shortcomings at the national and state levels, as well as coordinating public and private sector coordination to improve key agriculture sectors. (more…)
This working paper, prepared by CESD and Michigan State University (with support from USAID), examines potential agribusiness models to support economic growth, increase food security, build export markets, and reduce poverty in Myanmar. The paper provides an overview of agribusiness investment in Myanmar, including the market outlook, investment climate, resource base and some of the problems associated with land concessions.